Changes…

JellyBean Photography

Hi everyone, I’m sorry it has been a while since I have blogged but it has been a crazy month for us with moving into the new house and getting everything settled along with get addresses changed on everything but we are now settled and unpacked.

New Studio and Office

So after some discussion and some convincing I have decided that I am going to convert our new garage to a studio/office for JellyBean Photography, this is a huge excitement for me as I have always wanted to have my own studio and I finally get to make that dream come true. It is still in the early stages of thinking things through but as time moves on we will be getting quotes to start the work so that we can get all the studio installed and running for some shoots.

Over the past 5 years I have been renting studios and there is nothing wrong with that as it allowed me to have professional space to shoot in and allow me to check out different studios and its helped me picture what I would like in my studio.

I will say its not cheap but moving forward its the best step forward for the business as this will allow me to have a consistent studio to shoot from and I can finally stick to one place for all my studio work.

I have come across a few companies that will be able to help me get my studio all laid out and stocked so that I wont need to keep hauling large amounts of backdrops and lighting and props around. The first of the companies I found, I have used before many times and I have spoken to them a few times at The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC but for anyone that is looking for photography equipment it a great place to start and these guys know their stuff and can help you find the tool you are looking for.

So as you can see it is all go go go at the moment but business is open as normal and we have been doing shoots and events which you can find on my portfolio page https://clients.jellybeanphotography.me.uk .

One final note…

I would like to thank everyone for their help and support over the past month or so as its been busy and has put some challenges in front of us but with all your help and support we have got through them and all is back on track again.

If you have an event coming up and you need a Photography please drop us a line either via email or by our social media pages and get a free quote to see how easy and cost effective to have a family run business as your photographer for your special event.

Inside my Camera Bag…

Inside a Photographers Bag

Ever wondered what professional photographers carry out in those camera bags and cases at every shoot? Look no further I show you what I have inside my camera bag and where its there.

I will start at the beginning, I choose to carry all my equipment around in a backpack, this is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong way to cart your equipment around shoots. I choose the bag as it has many pockets, pouches, attachments for Tripods, Monopods and much much more. The next key thing for me is that the bag had to be waterproof, this wasn’t an option, it had to be waterproof as I never know when I might get caught in a shower whilst on a shoot etc.

The bag I choose to carry my equipment around in is a Lowepro Vertex 200 AW

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW

The next reason I choose this bag was for the shoulder straps and waist strap, the bag has a clever should straps system that will allow you to move the weight of the bag and it’s contents off the top of your shoulders and onto your back, something I am very grateful for when I have it on my bag for a few hours at a time. Then there is the added bonus of the waist strap, this is fully adjustable and allow you to control the weight of the bag from the bottom close to your body and add an additional point of contact to you at all times.

Now here is the list of all the equipment I have in this bag at all times.

  • Canon EOS 5D MK1.
  • Canon EOS 30D.
  • Canon EOD 550D.
  • Sigma 70 – 200mm f2.8 Lens.
  • Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Lens.
  • Canon 50mm f1.8 Lens.
  • Canon 18 – 55mm f3.5 – f5.6 IS Lens.
  • YongNuo YN568EX II Flash gun.
  • FlashBender Pro Kit.
  • iShoot PT-04C Multi Hot Shoe Wireless Triggers.
  • Tamrac Belt System MBX5395 MAS.
  • BlackRapid Strap.
  • Lastolite Collapsible 5 x 6 foot Backdrop.
  • Portaflash small triple reflector.
  • Manfrotto 055XPRO Black Tripod.
  • Manfrotto Ball Head for Tripod.
  • Carbon Fibre Monopod.
  • Spare Camera Batteries 2 per camera.
  • Spare batteries for Flashguns (Rechargeable AA Batteries).
  • Chargers for Camera batteries and Flash Batteries.
  • CF and SD Memory cards in a Pelican case for Protection.
  • Lens filters.
  • Business Cards.
  • Notepad and Documents.
  • Cleaning clothes and lens wipes and rocket blower.
  • Rain cape for camera and lens for emergency use.

There are other items that we take on shoots but dont fit in the bag but these are only taken if we know we are going to be using them.

Here is a few pictures of the kit listed above you you can see the size of the items and then you can see them all packed into the bag.

I hope this has been a helpful insight to what a professional photographer will carry around and this is the equipment that I carry and use regularly whilst on shoots with my clients.

Examples of images taken with this equipment can be found at my portfolio page.

My Photography Story | Scott Taylor

'My Photography Story' Scott Taylor Photographer at JellyBean Photography

I have decided to blog an answer to a question I have been asked a few times and feel the best way to share it would be on the blog.

Where did I start ?

I have always been into taking photo’s even from a little child I had a camera in my hand. I have to say there are 2 people I have to thank for this and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today in Photography. Thank you to my dad Alf Taylor and my wife Ami Taylor for the encouragement and support of the past few years.

My dad has always taken photos, whether we was on holiday up in the Lake District in the caravan or watching the Red Arrows at an air show, my dad got me into using his 35mm SLR and I have to say I miss that camera. We still have that camera and one day I want to take it along to a wedding to use alongside my DSLR, as it brings back the skill of shooting ‘the perfect shot’ rather than ‘machine gunning’ and editing it later in Photoshop.

Now I have to thank my amazing wife Ami Taylor who brought my first DSLR shortly after the birth of my first daughter Ellie. Ami said she wanted to treat me to something so I could start to turn a hobby into a career, and that purchase did exactly that.

The first DSLR I had, and still have and use to this day, is my Canon EOS 550d I use it on shoots and it is always in my bag no matter there I am.

How did I get into photography

So I started my photography career as a second shooter with the amazing Jon Stanley at Jonathan Stanley Photography, I was recommended to him by a good friend and what started out as a few ‘come along and shoot’ turned into a year of photographing not only as a second shooter but I then started taking the rains as the main shooter and then to photographing solo for JS Photography.

After a year with Jonathan we decided that the business was changing and the photography side was going to take the back foot and Jonathan created and still runs 3 Creative and we both agreed that I wanted to venture into the world of photography as a business and from that day JellyBean Photography was born.

Creating my own business

So the time came that I wanted to take my photography skill from a hobby to a career, and can I say I haven’t looked back at that decision its the best thing I did and it really helped me to focus on my photography and my photography style.

JellyBean Photography was created in 2014 and it seems so long ago but I have learnt a lot along the way, which has made me a better photographer and business owner.

So that is my photography story and How I became know for my photography work. If you would like to see more of my work please take a few minutes to look at my photography portfolio page ( Link Below)

https://portfolio.jellybeanphotography.me.uk

Scott Taylor | Photographer at JellyBean Photography

Are you getting married in 2019 ?

So its the start of a new year and do you have plans for a 2019 wedding? if so we are here to help with the photography, we offer wedding photography packages for all budgets from a complete all in package to a tailored create your own package to make sure your special day is capture for years of happy memories that can be relived and shared.

For more information on our wedding packages jump over to the weddings page on our site (link below)

https://www.jellybeanphotography.me.uk/weddings

Here is a short video of wedding images we have shot for couples over the past few years.

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